Warsaw is a city which is altogether different from any of the other cities of Poland. Rather than being centred on an old market square, the capital is spread across a broad area with diverse architecture restored Gothic, communist concrete, modern glass and steel. Warsaw is notable among Europe’s capital cities not for its size, its age, or its beauty but for its indestructibility. It is a phoenix that has risen repeatedly from the ashes of war.
This massive brick edifice, a copy of the original blown up by the Germans in WWII, began life as a wooden stronghold of the dukes of Mazovia in the 14th century. Its heyday came in the mid-17th century, when it became one of Europe’s most splendid royal residences. It then served the Russian tsars and, in 1918, after Poland regained independence, became the residence of the president. Today it is filled with period furniture and works of art.
Old Town Square
Top choice square in Old Town At the centre of the partially walled Old Town Stare Miasto, the Old Town Square is, for those with an eye for historic buildings, the loveliest square in Warsaw. It’s lined with tall houses exhibiting a fine blend of Renaissance, baroque, Gothic and neoclassical elements aside from the facades at Nos 34 and 36, all were rebuilt after being reduced to rubble by the Germans at the close of WWII.
Palace of Culture & Science
The visit to this palace in Warsaw is a must. The iconic, socialist realist PKiN is a ‘gift of friendship’ from the Soviet Union. This was built in the early 1950s, and at 231m high and remains the tallest building in Poland. It’s home to a huge congress hall, theatres, a multiscreen cinema and museums.
Warsaw Rising Museum
One of Warsaw’s best, this museum traces the history of the city’s heroic but doomed uprising against the German occupation in 1944 via three levels of interactive displays, photographs, film archives and personal accounts.
The city of Warsaw tells a tale of turning ashes and massive reconstructions both of which are unimaginable. The carved history of Warsaw speaks it all. Visit the city of Warsaw an icon of faith and hope.